Coronavirus: Tips, Scripture and Sunday Gatherings
We know that there are a lot of questions and speculations surrounding the Coronavirus. We are unsure what the next few weeks hold, but we want to take precautions for the health and safety of our congregation.
The Elders of Rock Creek Bible Church would like to give some guidance about this Sunday. We are having services at their regular times. Special prayer will be made for our nation and world.
If you are sick or have any family members who are experiencing flu-like symptoms please stay home.
If you are 65 years or older, particularly those with underlying health issues (diabetes, high blood pressure, weak immune system), we would advise you to stay home.
Those who are attending, we want to encourage to fellowship but not have personal contact like shaking hands or hugging. The offering plate will not be passed but instead left on the communion table for gifts to be put in at your convenience (or you can use the offering box in foyer and north entrance).
It is our intention to broadcast the service on Facebook live for those of you that choose to stay home. We have confidence in God to give us great witness in these days. He has given us the spirit of love, power, & a sound mind.
TRUTH TO KEEP IN MIND
Extremes are a typical response (i.e. indifference and carelessness, or anxiety and panic). Remember that God offers a supernatural peace and wisdom that surpasses natural understanding. Avoid jumping to conclusions or relying too heavily on media, but instead ask yourself objective questions like, "How many cases are in my area?", or "What is the latest report from the CDC?"
Always call Scripture to mind:
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
PRACTICAL STEPS FROM NURSES AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS AT ROCK CREEK BIBLE CHURCH
We are all in this together.
This is clearly the early stage of the virus, it could continue to spread so monitoring its' development and following the steps of healthcare professionals is wise.
Each person and family needs to be aware of the latest information from the CDC, state and local health departments.
Review information from reliable sources and make your decisions. Listening to all commentary might actually confuse you.
Make your decision for your family from facts and not rumor, then trust the Lord with that decision.
On a practical level: greet each other with a smile and a verbal hello. Avoid handshakes or hugs during this time period. Keep space between you and others.
If someone is coughing or sneezing around you kindly move away.
If you have been exposed or are showing signs of being sick stay at home. If you are high risk (age or medical condition) make a decision to just stay at home and away from crowds at this time. Stay away from nursing homes. You wouldn’t want to take something there and spread it to the elderly as they are high risk.
Things that have been said over and over: Wash your hands, do not touch your face, cough into your sleeve. Remember God is not taken surprise by any of these things and we need to live for Jesus and not in fear.